Kent State Basketball Staff Update

The 2024-25 coaching staff has been strengthened with the addition of Luke Tronsdon and Tommy Luce. Following a year as a graduate assistant last season, Luke Tronsdon returns to the Flashes. 

“The recent staff changes within our basketball program created an opportunity for me to add two positions that will be very impactful within our program,” said Senderoff. “Luke was our graduate assistant last season and assisted with all of our video and film work. He will continue to do that along with the day-to-day operations with our basketball program.”

As a graduate assistant, Luke Trondson joined the Kent State men’s basketball staff in May of 2023. Originally from Milan, Illinois, Trondson served as a graduate assistant under Nate James at Austin Peay State University. The official title of Luke will be Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator. 

“Tommy came to Kent highly recommended,” expressed Senderoff. “Tommy spent seven years at Purdue as a player and graduate assistant. Purdue had one of the best men’s basketball programs during that time. Tommy has worked closely with their post players and all facets of their program. I am excited to bring him along.”

After one of the best four-year stretches in school history, Tommy Luce worked as a graduate assistant for Purdue for three years. During Luce’s first two years at Purdue, the Boilermakers reached the No. 1 ranking in both seasons, posted a combined 58-14 overall record, and won the 2023 Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. Luce aided in the development of sophomores Jaden Ivey and Zach Edey as both were named all-Big Ten and received All-American mentions. Ivey was selected No. 5 in the 2022 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, while Edey was named National Player of the Year in 2023.

“I am excited for Tommy to be named the Assistant Coach/Player Development Coach at Kent State University,” said Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter. “Tommy is very detail-oriented and goal-driven and has been a big part of our program for the last three years. All of our players and staff enjoyed working with him and he was very well-respected among the Purdue community. We are happy for him to continue his coaching career at an outstanding program like Kent State.”

As part of the Flashes staff, Luke and Tommy will be joined by  Randal HoltJon Fleming, and Jalen Avery.

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